Teresa was born in Livonia, Michigan and moved to Arizona in 1974. She later attended college in upstate New York where she graduated as a paralegal in 1989. She went on to continue her education at Arizona State University for another 4 years. Teresa worked in the legal field as a paralegal for over 20 years. During this time, she raised 4 daughters and she and her husband, Tom, are now grandparents to 3 granddaughters. She published a memoir entitled “The Power of Addicted Love” in 2005. In addition, she has since retired from working as a paralegal and is now an entrepreneur of her own online business called “Teresa’s Creative Gifts”.